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UK Fan of the Day Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast

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After months of speculation, including a week in which Kansas fans and media swore otherwise, Julius Randle went in front of his friends, family, and ESPNU viewers and pledged his allegiance to the Big Blue Nation. Here are some notes on what is now a truly happy day in the Bluegrass.

— I’m sorry, but Randle’s commitment pretty much nullifies last night’s loss for me. After a rough night, our focus is firmly back on the future and what will be college basketball’s highest ranked class ever, regardless of whether or not Andrew Wiggins joins the fam. The Cats currently have:

#1 Point Guard – Andrew Harrison
#1 Shooting Guard – Aaron Harrison
#1 Power Forward – Julius Randle
#1 Center – Dakari Johnson
#3 Small Forward – James Young
#9 Power Forward – Marcus Lee
#41 Power Forward – Derek Willis

If Wiggins joins, we can add “#1 Small Forward” to that list.

— And that’s not all. Last night, Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin, and Willie Cauley-Stein all said they weren’t ready for the NBA and were considering returning. Willie said that he would have to speak to his family first and if there were financial matters, he would make the jump, but after Randle’s commitment, he tweeted “All I got to say 212 more days till big blue madness #letsgetthisring #bbn.” Sounds like someone who wants to stay to me. The players will meet with Cal in the coming weeks to decide what to do.

— Wiggins or no Wiggins, Dave Telep thinks UK’s current class is already more talented than the Fab 5:

Randle’s future teammates have heard the news and are already making plans for next season. Dakari Johnson tweeted “Out of School finally heard Great news Congrats @J30_RANDLE welcome to the family,time to work,” while 2014 commit Karl Towns welcomed Randle to the BBN and Andrew Harrison tweeted a simple prediction for the 2013-2014 season: “It’s over.” Ahhh, it feels nice to smile again.

— See Dakich trolling, see Dakich hating…

— What, you want some football notes? Nick Roush went to practice and will have a full report up at 5 p.m.

On today’s show, Matt and Ryan discussed the end of another basketball season and what lies in Kentucky’s future, which we now know will include Julius Randle. Listen online at talkradio1080.com.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

88 Comments for UK Fan of the Day Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast



  1. Football Time
    4:04 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Will be looking fwd to 5 o’clolk update on the football team. All of this basketball talk is making me sick.



  2. Sgt. Stadenko
    4:05 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Why is Dakich such an assclown? I hope his hoosiers choke….let’s see how you pukes do now that you are actually a #1 and are good. Not so easy when people expect great things from you vs. being pleasantly surprised at how well your are doing. IU wanted to be back and they are…..now let’s see what they can do. Same goes for UL. It’s not as easy as UK made it look last year you shitbags



  3. Luke
    4:06 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Dakich, you better hope your Hoosiers don’t cross the Cayts path next year…



  4. Jonah Hex
    4:08 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Has anyone heard from Marcus Lee? still such a big part of this team moving forward.



  5. LA
    4:11 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    looks like dan dickich is now the douchebag of the week.



  6. Kevin C.
    4:13 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Why do you even bother posting what that clown Dan Dickitch tweeted?



  7. ESPN 100
    4:13 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    If only Noel enters draft, Cal fields a team with nine (5*) and three (4*) recruits, and he might not be done recruiting. Seven were ranked in the TOP FIFTEEN players in their class, TWELVE in the top 40. This is INSANE!



  8. blueneck
    4:15 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Wasn’t Dakich a complete failure as a coach?



  9. Skeps
    4:15 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Dakich just reaffirms why I hate ESPN. A “color” guy taking shots at other teams. It’s a prerequisite that you are an unprofessional douchebag to work for that network.



  10. Logan
    4:15 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    They say the BBN has no class? From the looks of it, the media has no room to talk. I hope BBN does realize what is about to happen. The media will be grasping at every straw they can to pick apart the 2013-2014 Cats. When they find out that the group coming in are ALL hard workers, they will go back to talking about the Robert Morris game. The will question everything they can just like last season. They all had doubts but when tourney time came around most of them started to change their tune. Don’t look at the media for a shoulder to cry on. They hate you, me, Cal, the banners,and they even hate the water boys. Get used to it BBN. Embrace it! I love being hated! GO BIG BLUE!!



  11. Seriously
    4:16 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Dan dakich has always been a fool. Biggest conference homer ever, and that’s saying something. Dude loves him some Big ten.



  12. Skeps
    4:18 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #10- You’re exactly right. All that network does is trash us. They suck.



  13. kentuckyrules
    4:19 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Dakich: big 10 lover for sure. No matter WHAT game he is broadcating, he always talks about his “time being an assistant coach at IU” blah blah blah. I NEVER knew this guys coaching background until he boasted his own horn about how wonderful HE made the program, even as interim coach….OMFG dude, get off the IU suck already.



  14. Mc
    4:19 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve seen it several times that Young is the #3 SF, but on every ranking site I’ve seen he’s the #2 SG. Granted there’s a good chance he starts at the SF, it doesn’t change how he’s ranked now.



  15. UK19
    4:19 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    how is Marcus the #9 PF, when he ranked in the top 20 overall?



  16. Chiming In Anonymously
    4:20 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Just glad this season is over. Became apparent early on there were problems, but i thought Coach would have them going on all cylinders by March. Guess a lot of us thought that way. Not going to celebrate next season in advance again. Unless we get Wiggins and then I’ll still be concerned about the center position.



  17. bosshog
    4:22 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    LOL! Dan Dakich and his ilk don’t even get a day to gloat before they’re reminded THAT WE ARE STILL UK! The guy can’t content himself with the fact that the miserable Hoosiers have finally found themselves after 26 of wandering in the post Bobby Knight era desert. Has to take cheap shots instead…….what an A$$….keep it up….we want these guys coming in hungry and determined to use and maximize all their abilities….more than perhaps any college team has ever possessed. Keep up the hate…..keep feeding it to these guys……



  18. Mc
    4:22 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure what this means but if you scramble dandakich you have adickhand. Bet he has Crean’s in his hand now.



  19. jp7
    4:24 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    What do you expect from a former Bobby Knight player? He’s a jerk like the rest of them. Haters gonna hate and their jelousy shows. Cal continues to heap coals of fire on their heads.



  20. Eric K
    4:24 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Who the hell cares what dick dakich says!? He’s a jackass! #10 bring it on, haters going to hate, they hate the BEST!! It’s great to here the hate. GO CATS!!



  21. playersfan
    4:24 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve been watching a gun program (for some reason), and the guy does an ad about deer stands. His wife asks him how many deer stands does a person need? His answer at least one more. Thats what we want, no matter how many have committed, “just one more’, after his commitment “just one more”. I want to see backup centers, backup forwards, backup guards, and back up shooters. I like Cal comment we may have 15 players next year.



  22. Scholly's
    4:24 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    If everyone stays that leaves 6 scholarships + Jon Hood if he counts?…If Hood counts that 7 plus the 7 that are coming in so at least 14…I know they are not all staying but what if they do and Wiggins also signs how will that work?



  23. johnny boy
    4:27 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    @22 you just answered you own question, they aren’t all staying.



  24. Eric Bledsoe
    4:30 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    we bout to get sh!t right



  25. Skeps
    4:30 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Shepherd Smith was trying to rub it in. He said we lost to George Mason…what a clown.



  26. Wonder
    4:31 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Starting to think Wiggins wont be coming here, and yet im not worried the slightest



  27. Andrew Wiggins
    4:31 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Dominate this poll and tell them where i am going (poll halfway down the page)
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1573584-andrew-wiggins-top-recruit-should-not-be-swayed-by-ncaa-tournament-success



  28. martinbluther
    4:31 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    The Magnificent Seven>>>Fab Five



  29. Syrin
    4:32 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    So does this incoming class have some tough guys like Nerlens, MKG, DeMarcus, etc?



  30. Eric K
    4:34 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    To all the haters, WIGGINS WILL be an KENTUCKY WILDCATS!! GO CATS!!



  31. Demo1975
    4:37 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Light bulb! Ryan harrow during most of the season looked like Rocky Balboa
    In Rocky 3. Just before he fought Clubber Lang 1. Scared to death. The eyes are exactly the same
    Rocky is about to soil his britches. We need some Clubber Langs. Bust you up foool. That is all



  32. Help! Stuck in Hoosierland
    4:39 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I live in the Indy metro area. Dakich has a lunchtime radio show and is a complete moron each and every time I accidentally turn to that station. He is a prototypical Indiana buffoon, though he always claims to be impartial. I can’t wait until his show gets canceled.

    2013-14 Cayts! #GSR



  33. Ky beer
    4:39 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Cauley ain’t coming back. He’s projected to be a lottery pick RIGHT NOW on NBAdraft.net. He ain’t coming back and being a back up next year.



  34. Bobby Knight's Shrink
    4:40 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Great one #18…that is classic…would make the ole goat proud !



  35. CatInTN
    4:40 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t want Poythress unless he buys season tickets because all he does is stand and watch; last night not only did he not break a sweat he’s not even out of breath…enough already.



  36. Ronald
    4:41 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    8 McDonalds All Americans going to Kentucky will play in the games on April 3rd.
    6 men and 2 women. This has got to be a record.



  37. yevkazim
    4:43 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    So the reason that that he can be in the top 20, but #9 PF, is that the recruiting sites tend to be a bit delayed in updating all of their lists. They update their top 150 before they update their position breakdowns. Recall that much earlier in the year he was ranked much worse, but an impressive year jumped him up the big board.



  38. Jonah Hex
    4:43 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Stop it 35. Another year could help him mature and become a better ball player. Same thing was said about T Jones.



  39. Al's IndiCats
    4:43 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares what Jockitch says….That stint at Bowling Green where he had just a barely winning record gives him so much room to be a top dog in his profession….Man I couldn’t even type that with a straight face.



  40. VinnyCent
    4:44 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    LETS BOYCOTT ESPN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  41. Steve
    4:44 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Man, what a difference 12 hours makes!

    That being said, talk of 40-0 is stupid. We will no doubt have the most talent, but unfortunately, the most talent doesn’t always win ballgames. Just watch the next few weeks.



  42. Mike
    4:45 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats to Coach Cal, I haven’t seen a collection of talent like this since the heydays at Vivid Video.



  43. TheDude
    4:46 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    That dude in the KU jersey looks like a stud… we should pry recruit him too



  44. GoForIT
    4:50 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Where is that looossssseeeerr, I believe the name was JT, that kept posting on everything that they live in TX blah blah….what a fooool!! I dont understand why people do that. No one EVER has a source on a internet board. Even 2out of the 2 out of the 3 “Experts” got it wrong today. Never ever want to see the word “Source” on here again!!



  45. dave
    4:51 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    seriously a t-shirt for the randle commit??? that is exactly why ppl make fun of us. and they should. that shirt is garbage.



  46. shelbyjoe
    4:52 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    lol at dakich – with a career 52% winning percentage as a head coach. what a joke he is; 156-40 at Bowling Green, 3-4 at IU as interim after kelvin sampson…so pathetic didn’t even get considered to be retained.



  47. Skeps
    4:53 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #32 – Sounds similar to Lachlan McLean in Louisville. They say they’re impartial, but McLean is Pitino’s bit*h.



  48. Rei
    4:54 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    why did Cal recruit Willis? Hawkins is the guy who’s gonna be a Kentucky bred star.



  49. UKBlue1!
    4:54 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    I think the key to any sucess next year, will be who Cal can get to come back. We need some seasoning on our Big MAC’s. 2014 could be special.



  50. notv
    4:55 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    So, players likely to return (Poythress + Goodwin + WCS + Wiltjer + Harrow + Polson + Hood) plus newcomers (Andrew Harrison + Aaron Harrison + Julius Randle + Dakari Johnson + James Young + Marcus Lee + Derek Willis) exceeds the 13 players who can receive scholarships. I can see Malone and Long giving up their spots, but who else is going to get bumped?



  51. Jacob Adam Brooks
    4:59 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    um… i dont see the afternoon show link anywhere on 1080s website and the above link appears to be dead.

    Help?



  52. UKBlue1!
    4:59 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #47 McClean and most of the L’ville media are “lovin” on Pitino. I want to see what happens if UL doesn’t get back to the final 4.They should win it all but the media will give them a pass if they don’t. It should be unacceptable to do anything less than have a Final 4.



  53. Jacob Adam Brooks
    5:02 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    50) polson will walk on and hood may have to as well or become a GA.



  54. UKBlue1!
    5:02 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #50 Polson,Malone and Long are walk-on’s. Hood grads in May. Harrow and at least one of the 3 freshman wont be back. We will be lucky to get 2 out 4 freshmen to stay. There is plenty of room. Cal doesn’t want to be left short handed.



  55. Shirt
    5:03 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Since the comments to the shirt above this post are turned off, I will make it here. That shirt is pretty stupid considering we just got beat last night in the NIT. We will kill college bball next season, but poor timing on that shirt!



  56. Linda Taylor
    5:08 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    32 – My sincerest sympathies to you. It would be terrible to have to live in the midst of those people. Good luck in finding a job in KY in the near future. I know of a family who moved there last fall and couldn’t stand it and have moved back and are so happy to be home. The dad is an engineer and the mom a nurse but sometimes the lure of what seems to be a better job turns into a nightmare when the people surrounding you are jerks.



  57. ajh
    5:09 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Ok, now i officially dont like Dakich



  58. dave
    5:11 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    54-you dont know what youre talking about. harrow has no where to go. unless he’s somehow graduating this spring/summer & goes to another school with a grad program we dont offer. now maybe, maybe wiltjer will transfer since he’d have 2 full years of playing time. but harrow has no where to go.



  59. dave
    5:12 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    meant for 50–comments deleted i guess



  60. RealCatsFan
    5:12 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    29, take one look at the Harrison twins and Julius Randle – I don’t think toughness will be a problems with those guys.



  61. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    5:16 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry guys, show link is fixed.



  62. Rockfield, KY
    5:17 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    “It feels so good feeling good again.” – Robert Earl Keen



  63. Bunzz
    5:19 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    First String:
    An. Harrison
    Aa. Harrison
    J. Young
    J. Randle
    WCS

    Second String:
    R. Harrow
    A. Goodwin
    A. Poythress
    M. Lee
    D. Johnson

    Third String:
    Polsen
    Hood
    Wiltjer
    D. Willis

    WOW!!! There aren’t many teams that will be able to play with the 2nd string, much less the 1st string.
    …..and forget about it if Wiggins comes as well.



  64. filbert
    5:21 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    thats exactly what i said #45. First thing i see when i get on this site is another t-shirt! for what? You talk about Indiana having shit printed up all the time and then look at us. #WEAREBBN!! Leave it at that



  65. RealCatsFan
    5:24 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, let’s go ahead and get Wiggins signed, and then we need the 1-year rule changed to a 2-year rule by the NBA. Imagine that – having these kids for an extra year, and then adding Karl Townes to the roster next year when Willie moves on after putting in his 2 years! I like it! Doesn’t hurt to dream, right? 🙂



  66. Bunzz
    5:24 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    45, 64– I don’t think it is exactly a JR t-shirt. Just a UK shirt that has been on sale for a long time. I think they are just pointing out that the time is fitting…



  67. RealCatsFan
    5:27 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    What 66 said – that shirt has been around for at least a few years. I think I even remember the phrase back in Pitino’s glory days at UK. That is a FAR CRY from churning out Sweet Sixteen rings, printing up popcorn boxes, and cutting down nets when you lose like IU does. #TeamDouche



  68. RealCatsFan
    5:29 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    McLaine on the radio was just tossing out a snide comment about Cal supposedly missing half of his weekly radio shows, like he is dodging the issue after last night’s loss. I don’t think it compares to Pitino routinely avoiding the press when UL loses a game! At least Cal hangs around to face the fans and media after a loss!



  69. Yngvie Malmsteen.
    5:31 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Dakitch is jealous.



  70. Eric K
    5:33 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Who is mclaine#68?



  71. Al's IndiCats
    5:45 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Why in the world is my comment wait moderation?



  72. Tag
    5:58 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    On the road to revenge and the Final Four. Prepare for The Armageddon Tour. Your 2013-14 University of Kentucky Wildcats.



  73. Wow
    5:59 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Rumor going around (jerry Meyer) that wiltjer will transfer to Gonzaga…



  74. Wikipedia
    6:01 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Dakich career record 159-144 (pathetic) 2 losses in NIT 1st round, seems like he could’ve used a couple AA’s!! Lol



  75. Bk in Scottsville
    7:14 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    74: Yep, he talks a mean game for somebody who was a head coach for 10 years and had exactly 4 winning seasons. As you pointed out, lost in the opening round of the NIT tournament both times awith that school. He also lost the only game he coached in a NCAA tournament as an interim at Indiana.



  76. Rand Paul's Head Squirrel
    7:41 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Dan Dakich is an azz clown just like his former coach & mentor Knight. I spend some time this afternoon around a bunch of IU fans, and they still suck as much as when I started hating them back in the 70’s. OH and I am an IU grad. One of my happiest days of college basketball was watching the Cats ruin IU’s undefeated season back in 75 while sitting in Nicks in Bloomington, and counting my winnings.
    If IU & UL play in NC championship and the building does not collapse I might be for the tards before that group of candy stripped Hoosiers



  77. WKYblue
    7:43 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Dan Dakich, as Ron White said in his comedy act, “I don’t know how many it’s gonna take but I know how many were gonna use.” Jealous bastard.



  78. You Can Call Me Cal
    7:49 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    explain please: how many AAs do you need?….What?



  79. You Can Call Me Cal
    7:52 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    nvm….All Americans



  80. WKYblue
    7:58 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Typo. We’re gonna use. You get the point. Wasn’t Dakich an interim coach at IU that was passed over for the head coach job. If they’d have won 15 more games that year they may have got an NIT bid.



  81. Realistic
    8:02 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    Dakich can say whatever he wants, he’s still a tool. But he does make a point in that UK had a team chalk full of all-americans and that didn’t end well. I will reserve judgement until I see this group of freshmen perform.

    #76 – So you’re what, 56 or 57 years old? How many 57 year old use the term “azz clown”? I’m guessing 18 or 19 at best. What a troll.



  82. MJ4UK
    8:20 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    If Wiggins came, they could play kids who are all number 1 in their position coming out of high school. Wow



  83. Ed has Tickets
    8:53 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #77 that was gold.



  84. Skeps
    8:56 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #68 – Excellent point. Most of the time when Cal misses his radio show, it’s because he’s out recruiting. Pitino just flat out pouts and attacks the press that don’t have their arms twisted by Jurich.



  85. catdaddyd
    11:51 pm March 20, 2013 Permalink

    #81 Maybe he used azz so his post wouldn’t get deleted.



  86. Viren
    3:01 am March 21, 2013 Permalink

    Dan Dakich couldn’t sign any AA, therefore his #ss was fired from IU. I would also appreciate if ESPN would not allow his dumb #ss on the court during TV timeouts, if he really had any great basketball strategy, don’t you think he would still be coaching.



  87. MadCatter
    7:42 am March 21, 2013 Permalink

    touche dakich, ye of career coaching record of .525 (in the MAC no less)



  88. OleSeven
    8:39 am March 21, 2013 Permalink

    I love seeing comments like that out of Dakich….He’s mad…HAHAHA…He knows what’s in store. As Matt says about Louisville…They better win it this year, because next year they don’t have a chance.